‘Tis the season to retire those lightweight performance kicks for something with a little more meat on its bones this season. This is where this season’s collection of sneaker boot hybrids come into play as our cold weather essentials for hitting the street or trail.
All of your favorite brands have supplied this winter-ready edition, with New Balance sticking to their expected sneaker silo with the 1099’s, and The North Face reinventing their boot with technology usually reserved for running kicks. Click through for all of the best this winter.
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Key Feature: FluidFrame technology keeps your foot stable while the OutDry membrane keeps you dry.
Weight: 13.5 oz
Purpose: This kick is built to stay dry in fall and winter conditions, with a light synthetic overlay to improve durability.
No. 9 – Patagonia Drifter A/C Gore-Tex Shoe
Key Feature: Waterproof yet breathable, supportive yet lightweight, this shoe is all about balance.
Weight: 15.6 oz
Purpose: Built for oppressive temperatures, the Gore-Tex leather and mesh combo keeps out debris and stays put on slippery surfaces, but comes equipped with a midsole and flexible frame for day to day use as well.
No. 8 – Salomon XA Pro 3D Mid 2 GTX
Key Feature: Otholite and a Sensifit insole system
Purpose: Multi-function trail shoe for fast hiking on rugged trails.
No. 7 – Montrail Mountain Masochist Mid OutDry
Key Feature: OutDry offers true waterproof protection, angled “blades” underfoot dig deep into muddy or loose terrain.
Weight: 14.4 oz
Purpose: The name says it all, the “Masochist Mid” is meant to take on difficult terrain with ease, completely waterproof with a secure upper.
No. 6 – Merrell Mix Master Mid Waterproof
Key Feature: This high-top upper boasts and EZ Clean finish for shedding dirt and resisting stains on your way up the montain.
Weight: 10.5 oz
Purpose: This minimalist multi-sport shoe is meant to offer lightweight cushioning while giving you a barefoot ride.
No. 5 – adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast R Mid Gore-Tex Boots
Key Feature: A TRAXION outsole equipped with Continental rubber should get you where you need to go.
Weight: 15 oz
Purpose: Moving fast on the mountain.
No. 4 – Nike Air Zoom Meriwether
Key Feature: Nike’s “All Conditions Gear” with waterproof nubuck.
Purpose: Street to trail.
No. 3 – New Balance 1099
Key Feature: Vibram Ice Trek outsole
Weight: 12.1 oz
Purpose: Hiking / Multi-sport
A sneaker upper lined with Primaloft keeps your toes warm with a Vibram outsole keeps you upright on the mountain. It’s a win-win, but expect a sturdy construction, as your ankle ain’t goin’ nowhere in these puppies. We approve of this wintery take on your favorite New Balances.
No. 2 – The North Face Havoc Mid GTX XCR
Key Feature: Gore-Tex protects while the Cradle technology allows a perfect balance of stability, cushioning, and comfort, plus a Vibram outsole, we’re in. This kick has the flexibility of your favorite sneaker while protecting you from any type of terrain.
Weight: 17 oz
Purpose: Equipped for the trail with a waterproof membrane.
No. 1 – Saucony Adventerra GTX
Key Feature: Gore-Tex and a 4mm drop for a heel-to-toe ride on a slippery terrain.
Weight: 15 oz
Purpose: A running shoe in a hiking boot shell, this hybrid is intended for light hiking or that wintery mix that needs a little extra traction below and protection up top.